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In the United States, there are no FDA regulations on cosmetics, hair, and body products (go here to read more). Since so many everyday products, like lipsticks, are laced with toxic chemicals, I’ve started looking into more natural options when it comes to beauty. I found a few lines that are really intriguing, that are also better for your body and the planet. While I don’t think I can ever give up my beloved MAC products, I do want to start incorporating some organic items into my beauty rotation.
Even though these products are labeled organic, be sure to read the ingredient label on all products. Because of the lack of FDA regulation in the U.S., almost any company can slap an “organic” label on any cosmetic, regardless of its ingredients. Look for all-natural ingredients that are plant-derived and you’ll know you’re putting something on your body that won’t harm you.
Vapour is an eco-friendly cosmetics brand. I’m totally digging their Halo Body Spotlight ($34), which they say is a “kiss of moonlight” for your whole bod, and is packed with antioxidants. Organic Aura Multi-Use Blush stick ($28) is to freakin’ die for – look at the killer pink shades!
Coleur Caramel Lipgloss ($21.50) comes in 16 shades. It gives lips a supershimmery finish without sucking out the moisture. Since you eat most of the gloss that you slick on your mouth, an organic option can’t hurt. These shades are so pretty, you’d never knew they were made naturally.
Brownearth Cocounut, Shea, & Sugar Exfoliating Scrub will get your skin polished with natural grains, and moisturized with plant oils and vitamin E, but you’ll love it because it smells heavenly. It’s one of the few products I’ve come across that smells genuinely coconutty…like a beach in a jar! You won’t be able to resist buffing yourself smooth with this.
There are so many more options…you have to check ’em out!
I’ve been searching high and low for a good organic hair finisher — a styling cream to put on dry hair to make it look polished & fab. Intelligent Nutrients Organic Finishing Gloss ($29) has jojoba and sesame oils, beeswax, and shea butter to moisturize and de-frizz locks. I love the sleek packaging.
Pratima is a skincare line based on Indian ayurveda, the ancient practice of alternative medicine that promotes a long, healthy life. Pratima has a skincare quiz on their website that helps you determine your “dosha” — your skin’s identity and your personality. From there, you can pick products from 3 categories that will address your unique issues and help get your skin glowing.
An organic, eco-friendly self-tanner? With Evolve Skin Glow Body Cream, it’s true. Only plant-based ingredients get and keep you glowing through summer…and the other 3 seasons.
These are just a few of the exciting options I’ve found. Do you use natural, organic cosmetics? Which brands & products do you like? Share in the comments!